MILWAUKEE -- Udonis Haslem didn’t miss a minute of playing time after coming down hard on his left shoulder Friday night — but he wasn’t right Saturday and couldn’t go against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Haslem took a hard fall during the opening minutes of the Heat’s loss at Detroit.
Haslem appeared to crack his left shoulder by landing on a camera operator sitting underneath the basket after going up for a block.
Miami took time as Haslem clutched his shoulder and slowly walked toward the Heat bench. Haslem never left the game.
“U.D. is very sore with his shoulder,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said before the game, adding that Haslem was going to warm up and see how things felt.
It never got to that. Before Saturday’s game, Haslem spent considerable time in the hands of Miami’s training staff.
Haslem rarely opened his eyes as a trainer worked on his neck and shoulder.
Saturday’s game was the second Haslem missed this season after being out with the flu earlier this month against the Hawks.
If you were watching Friday’s Heat game on TV and thought Miami had things under control after a dominant first quarter, you weren’t alone.
“I was feeling just like y’all were feeling early on,” said Dwyane Wade, who watched the Detroit telecast from the team’s downtown hotel. “I thought it was going to be a good night.”
It wasn’t. Miami led the host Pistons by 15 going into the second quarter but was flat after that as Detroit rallied for a 109-99 win.
Wade was suspended for Friday’s game after kicking Charlotte’s Ramon Sessions in the groin during Wednesday’s win and wasn’t allowed to be in the arena.
“They played good, and we didn’t play as well, obviously,” Wade said before Saturday’s game. “Offensively we played well, but we didn’t defensively. They had a lot of open shots and have confidence. They got it rolling.”
Wade, a Marquette product, was warmly greeted by the Bradley Center crowd as he usually is. Marquette retired Wade’s No. 3 in 2007, and his number and likeness are on a banner that hangs from the arena rafters.
Wade wasn’t the only Heat player having a homecoming of sorts Saturday as Ray Allen started his NBA career with the Bucks in 1996.
Allen missed Wednesday’s game with a shoulder injury sustained on Christmas but returned Friday.
“It feels a lot better,” Allen, 37, said. “When you get older you don’t respond as fast as you did when you were younger.”